Lionsgate, STX Entertainment Form Distribution Pact

Lionsgate and STX Entertainment Aug. 23 announced a partnership for the domestic distribution of STX’s upcoming movie slate and library content. Under the pact, Lionsgate will handle marketing and distribution of future STX theatrical releases in North America as well as distribute STX’s 75-title film library across all platforms, including home entertainment.

Library titles include Jennifer Lopez’s Hustlers, the Bad Moms franchise, Guy Ritchie’s action-comedy The Gentlemen, starring Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler’s disaster thriller Greenland, Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut Molly’s Game, starring Jessica Chastain, and I Feel Pretty, starring Amy Schumer, My Spy, starring Dave Bautista, and 21 Bridges, starring Chadwick Boseman.

Lionsgate ended the most-recent fiscal period with nearly $900 million in distribution revenue across its 18,000-title library. The two companies are also developing several scripted television series based on STX movies, including Bad Moms and Hustlers. 

The first new release to be distributed under the agreement, includes thriller The Marsh King’s Daughter, which will be distributed in theaters by Roadside Attractions on Oct. 6.

Based on Karen Dionne’s New York Times best-seller, the thriller tells the story of a woman (played by Daisy Ridley) with a secret past, who ventures into the wilderness she left behind to confront the most dangerous man she’s ever met: her father (Ben Mendelsohn).

Theatrical exhibition continues to be essential to our company,” STX CEO Noah Fogelson said in a statement. “As a long-term strategic distribution partner, Lionsgate was our first and best choice.”

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Departing STX Entertainment Chairman Adam Fogelson Named Vice Chair of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group

Lionsgate July 25 named Adam Fogelson vice chair of its motion picture group, beginning Sept. 1. Fogelson, who will report to Joe Drake, chair of the motion picture group, will oversee worldwide marketing and theatrical distribution and will be part of the unit’s leadership team involved in all aspects of planning and executing content strategy.
Fogelson is transitioning from his tenure as chairman of STX Entertainment’s motion picture group, where during the past eight years he oversaw such hits as Hustlers, Greenland, the “Bad Moms” franchise, The Upside, The Gift, Molly’s Game and The Gentlemen, among many others. Prior to joining STX, he was chairman of Universal Pictures.
“As we launch new installments of the ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Dirty Dancing,’ and ‘John Wick’ franchises, as well as new IP, franchises and properties, we are looking forward to having his skills, experience and respected leadership,” Drake said in a statement. “His longstanding relationships with the industry’s most creative collaborators will prove invaluable as we focus on our upcoming slate.”
Lionsgate’s upcoming slate of films includes Prey for the Devil, in theaters Oct. 28; Jesus Revolution, in theaters Feb. 24, 2023; John Wick: Chapter 4, in theaters March 24, 2023; Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, in theaters April 28, 2023; and The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, in theaters Nov. 17, 2023.
Prior to his STX tenure, Fogelson served as chairman of Universal Pictures from 2009 through October 2013. While at the company, he oversaw worldwide operations for the motion picture group, including its global theatrical, home entertainment, partnerships & licensing, finance, human resources and communications divisions.
In 2012 and again in 2013, under Fogelson’s leadership, Universal celebrated its highest-grossing years at the worldwide box office in the company’s 100+ year history at that time. During his tenure as chairman, Universal released numerous hit films including Ted, Bridesmaids, Contraband, Safe House, The Lorax, Snow White and the Huntsman, Identity Thief, Pitch Perfect, Mama, The Purge, Les Misérables. Despicable Me 1 and 2, and Fast and Furious 5 and 6. Other greenlit films while Fogelson was Chairman include Jurassic World, Lone Survivor, Ride Along, Non-Stop, Neighbors, The Purge 2, Fifty Shades of Grey and Lucy.
Fogelson joined Universal in 1998, beginning as VP of creative advertising and rising to president of marketing and distribution in 2007. During his time in Universal’s marketing operations, Fogelson worked on all the films in the “Meet the Parents,” “Bourne,” “American Pie” and “The Fast and the Furious” franchises, along with other box office successes including Mamma Mia!, American Gangster, Knocked Up, Bruce Almighty, Seabiscuit, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, 8 Mile, The Break-Up, Erin Brockovich, Notting Hill, Bring It On and Ray.

‘Greenland’ Top New Release on Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The doomsday actioner Greenland debuted at No. 4 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 30.

It’s the week’s highest-charting new release, and the only one to make the top five on the chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Greenland, starring Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin, follows a family’s fight for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. The film launched on premium VOD in the United States Dec. 18 as a $19.99 48-hour rental. The STX Entertainment release subsequently became available for digital purchase Jan. 26 and will be issued on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 9.

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Other new releases on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 30 include Batman: Soul of the Dragon, which debuted at No. 12; Synchronic, which bowed at No. 17; Come Play, which entered the chart at No. 16; and Freaky at No. 18.

Batman, Synchronic and Come Play were released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 26 after two weeks of availability via digital sellthrough.

The animated Batman: Soul of the Dragon, also available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Warner Bros., is the 41st film in the DC Universe series of animated movies. The Elseworlds tale, set in the 1970s, has Bruce Wayne in martial arts training alongside other students under a master sensei to confront a deadly menace. Read a review of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray here.

Synchronic, from independent distributor Well Go USA, is a sci-fi thriller about two paramedics who discover a drug that enables time travel. The film enjoyed a one-week disc rental window at Redbox kiosks a week before its wide disc release on Jan. 26.

The supernatural thriller Come Play, from Universal, follows a young boy who relies on his cell phone and tablet for companionship as he befriends a strange and sinister non-human creature. When the mysterious creature uses the devices to break into our world, his parents must fight to save their son.

Freaky, the latest horror film from Blumhouse, stars Kathryn Newton as Millie, a high school senior who switches bodies with a relentless serial killer nicknamed “The Butcher,” portrayed by Vince Vaughn. Now looking like a towering psychopath, Millie learns she only has 24 hours to reverse the curse and get her body back before the switch becomes permanent and she’s trapped in the form of a middle-aged maniac forever. It was made available via VOD in December.

Also new to the “Watched at Home” chart is Warner’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, a summer 2019 home release that popped up at No. 11 as excitement builds over the next installment in the monster franchise, Godzilla vs. Kong, a mashup that will bow March 31 in theaters and on HBO Max.

Consumers were also intrigued with two Wall Street movies from Paramount Pictures in the wake of the GameStop stock frenzy. The Wolf of Wall Street jumped 10 spots to No. 9 on the “Watched at Home” chart, while The Big Short entered the top 20 for the first time at No. 13.

The Vertical Entertainment drama American Skin, about a Marine veteran who seeks justice when his son is killed by a police officer, remained at No. 1 for a second consecutive week, with Warner Bros.’ Tenet repeating at No. 2 and Universal’s Honest Thief again at No. 3. Rounding out the top 5 was Universal’s The War With Grandpa, down a notch from No. 4 the prior week.

Returning to the top 20 for the first time since early January was Paramount’s dark comedy Fatman, which stars Mel Gibson as a curmudgeonly Chris Cringle who after gifting a spoiled rich kid a lump of coal finds himself the target of a hitman. Read a review of the  Blu-ray Disc here.

  1. American Skin (Vertical)
  2. Tenet (Warner)
  3. Honest Thief (Universal)
  4. Greenland (Universal)
  5. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  7. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  8. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  11. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner)
  12. Batman: Soul of the Dragon (Warner)
  13. The Big Short (Paramount)
  14. Let Him Go (Universal)
  15. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  16. Come Play (Universal)
  17. Synchronic (Well Go USA)
  18. Freaky (Universal)
  19. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  20. Fatman (Paramount)


Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Jan. 30.

‘Playmobil’ Movie Available on Home Video March 3

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and STX Entertainment will release the animated Playmobil: The Movie on DVD and digitally March 3.

Based on the “Playmobil” toy line of figurines with themed playsets, the film features secret agent Rex Dasher (voiced by Daniel Radcliffe) teaming with smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan) and the savvy Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) to rescue the citizens of different lands who vanish into thin air as a result of the actions of a top-secret organization.

The film grossed $1.1 million at the domestic box office.

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